Thomas K. Comfort, MD

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Dr. Comfort most commonly performs procedures on the knee, shoulder and hips. Knee procedures are not limited to but include: knee arthroscopy for ACL, patellar tendon, and quadriceps tendon repairs, and total and unicompartmental knee arthroplasties. Dr. Comfort also treats all shoulder problems and injuries. Shoulder procedures include: shoulder arthroscopies, rotator cuff repairs, and total shoulder arthroplasties. He also treats and performs hip surgeries including: hip arthroscopies, hip fractures and total hip arthroplasties. His approach is a combination of both conservative and surgical treatments, which varies depending on each individual patient’s condition.

If you are a new patient, please arrive to your appointment 15-20 minutes early in order to complete the registration process and to complete paperwork in regard to your condition. In addition, please bring the following:

  • Driver’s license or State ID
  • Referral (if required by insurer)
  • Insurance information
  • Copies of operation records, medical records, CD with x-rays, MRIs and CT scans and written reports from prior doctor visits
  • List of current medications and any known allergies

It depends, as each patient’s situation is unique. If you have any questions, please contact your doctor’s care team before your appointment and we will be very happy to address any of your questions.

Yes, absolutely. The more information you can bring regarding your unique situation and past history, the better equipped Dr. Comfort will be able to provide the highest level of care. Bringing any previous x-rays, scans, and/or documentation and reports (if available) is recommended.

Ice should be used during the acute phase (first 24 to 48 hours) following an injury, or whenever there is swelling. Ice decreases blood flow to the area, which in turn decreases swelling and inflammation. Heat does the opposite. It increases blood flow to the area and can provide pain relief once the swelling and inflammation has subsided. Heat is good to use prior to doing any exercises or physical therapy, as it warms up your muscles.

This is usually dependent on each patient as there are certain factors that can affect this decision, including diabetes and taking a blood thinner. Usually you can get cortisone injections every 3 to 4 months as long as they continue to provide symptomatic relief, but Dr. Comfort will determine what is appropriate.

Some patients get immediate relief from a cortisone injection. For others, it may take up to 2 weeks for the injection to take effect. However, most people notice relief within 2 to 3 days. The duration of a cortisone injection can vary greatly. Some will last as long as a year, whereas others may last only a few days. It is also important to know that occasionally pain can get worse following a cortisone injection before it gets better. In the meantime, over the counter pain medications and ice are recommended.

Before your Appointment

If you have records from another physician, provider, or hospital, we encourage you to bring them with you to your appointment. If you do not have a copy, please contact the ordering physician, provider, or hospital prior to your TCO appointment to request to have these released to you.

If you have already had imaging studies done, surgery has been recommended or you have an orthopedic condition, please contact Dr. Comfort’s office at 651-439-8807.

Yes, of course. Feel free to have family members or friends join you in your consultation. Many patients find it is helpful to have support in the room, even just as an extra set of ears to remember the details of the visit.

After your Appointment

If you have questions after your appointment, please feel free to contact us. You can call Dr. Comfort’s clinical assistant, Molly, directly at 651-351-2653 or utilize the patient portal electronically. If you do not have a log-in for this, please contact 651-439-8807 to gain access.

If an MRI scan or other diagnostic tests were ordered, you will need to make a follow up appointment with Dr. Comfort unless otherwise specified. At this appointment, the results will be reviewed and a mutual decision will be made in regard to your specific treatment plan, which may include: physical therapy, injection therapy, or surgery. If surgery is warranted, this will be addressed and scheduled during this appointment.

After your appointment, or after surgery, you can expect prompt and accessible follow-up treatment. Care continues long after surgery and we want to be a part of your complete healing process. If you ever have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.